Federal Farm Bill Includes Food Stamp Cuts
The House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on the farm bill Tuesday, including a proposal to cut $20 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps.
Congresswoman Barbara Lee was at the Alameda County Food Bank in Oakland Monday, where she joined a chorus opposing the cuts to the program.
The Food Bank's Suzan Bateson says this would be particularly difficult for people in the Bay Area.
"One of the challenges that people face in our community", says Bateson, "is that the cost of living is so high, families run out of their (monthly) benefits after two or two-and-a-half weeks."
Bateson says the cuts would mean more people would have to seek help from sources like food pantries.
The White House has threatened a presidential veto of the farm bill, saying the food stamp cuts could leave many people hungry.